The Shine Centre are pleased to introduce a new life coaching service for parents. This new coaching service builds on our commitment to positive parent mental health and parent wellness and the key part it plays in positive family functioning, relationships and outcomes for the child and family as a whole.
This is a subsidised service with a nominal charge of €10 per coaching session. You can book a coaching session (subject to availability) with any of the coaches by email – see the “Meet the Coaches” section below for contact details.
Research studies have shown that the parents of special needs children experience higher levels of stress and anxiety and this can have a negative impact on parent wellness. A diagnosis of autism in a family is described by some parents as the most emotionally challenging event in their lives. The feelings that parents most commonly describe when their child receives a diagnosis of autism are feelings of devastation, grief, loss, distress, anger and helplessness with many describing it as a life altering event and this can be is a very challenging time for parents. Parents raising a child or adolescent with autism also continuously face practical, financial and physical challenges. Changes to the family dynamic allied to the additional levels of care required for the child place additional emotional and practical pressure and demands on the parents. The most common stressors experienced by parents are frustration, the judgement of others, potential negative impact on the family unit and a lack of support and understanding.
Coaching is an accepted strategy to manage stress and improve performance and self efficacy underpinned by coaching models grounded in established therapeutic approaches. Similarly coaching has also been working in the areas of client self-esteem and self-efficacy and offers the coachee the opportunity to move forward through increased self belief, self-motivation, choice, clarity, commitment, awareness and action. Improved parent mental health and wellbeing has been shown to increase the potential of the child and family members to achieve a better quality of life. A recent study in 2015 on psychological adjustments in families with a child with autism found that the parents of children with autism who engage in the action-orientated behaviours of acceptance and positive reframing have increased levels of emotional resilience and a reduction in their levels of stress.
Coaching is a supportive relationship where the total focus is on you, on what you want in your life, and on what will help you achieve it. A life coach is there to listen not only to your words but what is behind your words and listens to the very best in you, when sometimes you can’t hear it yourself. A coach will listen without judgement and give you the opportunity to work with some of the issues in your life that are blocking you from performing at your best. The coach will facilitate a process where you begin to set personal goals to change and help you to develop the actions required to achieve them.
Coaching is about looking forward and supporting people in a creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal potential and is a particularly effective process in encouraging and building resilience with people in the face of difficulty and adversity.
Liam has many years experience in working with people having managed various business teams within a large Financial Services organisation and specifically worked in Human Resources for several years. Liam is drawn to Special needs parenting and the use of coaching as an intervention, by a desire to make a difference to people and their particular challenges. He holds a Higher Diploma (1st) in Coaching and Coaching Psychology from UCC and is currently completing a Masters in Personal and Management Coaching also in UCC. He is a member of the Association for Coaching(AC) and the International Coach Federation(ICF).
Kieran has a particular interest in parent wellness and functioning and the use of coaching and coaching psychology to build personal resilience in the face of the many challenges that special needs parents face. Kieran has a son with autism and is the General Manager of the Shine Centre and has worked in the disability sector for the last 10 years. He holds a Higher Diploma in Coaching and Coaching Psychology (1st) from University College Cork. He has also completed Change Management and Leadership programmes with the IMI and is currently completing a Coaching Masters also in UCC. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the International Association for Coaching (AC).
Contact Kieran for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Egan B.A.Soc H.Dip.Coaching and Coaching Psychology
Claire has a background in social work and counselling and has trained in the field of counselling and therapy. She trained in coaching at UCC and she is currently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness practice and research also at UCC. Claire sees coaching as a positive and affirming way to build on mental strength and personal resources.She believes in people’s inner strength and in supporting them to develop awareness in a forward thinking way to benefit themselves.
Contact Claire for an appointment: email@example.com
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